Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

About the Program

Medical laboratory Technicians (MLT), also known as Clinical Laboratory Technicians, play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Health Sciences

This program is part of the

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Center of Excellence


The Health Sciences Center of Excellence is a leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Degrees and Certificates

Program Information

A Career in Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform complex testing on body fluids using sophisticated instruments to detect diseases and monitor treatment. Approximately 75% of medical decisions, diagnosis, treatment and evaluations, are based on the interpretations of laboratory test results. Medical laboratory technicians might isolate and identify infectious organisms that cause disease, cross-match blood to be used in a transfusion, detect Diabetes or identify the abnormal blood cells that are associated with Leukemia.

Today's Medical Laboratory Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries. In addition, a graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree in as little as 18 months and then work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Some Bachelor Degree Programs can be completed on-line.

Employment opportunities are excellent in the Houston area, Gulf Coast areas, and across the United States.


Accreditation Information

The MLT Program is accredited with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Their phone number is (773) 714-8880.


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

2017 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2015 Pass Rate (# Passed)2016 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Results
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS 75% 75% 100%(16) 96%(23) 100%(16) Exceeds Standards


Graduates & Retention

Graduates & Retention Rates

Graduates    17   26   18
Retention Rate  95%  90%  90%



There are 2,683 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 17.3% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 207 jobs a year. 
  • Median Wages - $40,000 annually



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Theresa Spain

Medical Laboratory Technician